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PREVIEW: F1 in Hungary; IndyCar in Iowa; NASCAR in Texas and IMSA at Sebring

PREVIEW: F1 in Hungary; IndyCar in Iowa; NASCAR in Texas and IMSA at Sebring

Friday, July 17

1. NTT INDYCAR Iowa Race #1, Iowa Speedway
• TV: Sportsnet (regional channels + WL) at 8:30P
• Iowa Speedway, 0.894 mi (7/8 mi) asphalt oval; 250 laps = 223.5 mi
• maximum of 5000 spectators allowed in grandstands
• practice and qualifying sessions on Friday
• Last year there was only one race run at this track on July 20, 2019. It was won by Josef Newgarden by a 2.8 second margin over Scott Dixon. James Hinchcliffe was third, Simon Pagenaud fourth and Spencer Pigot fifth.
• The most recent IndyCar race this year was the second Road American race run last Sunday, July 12. Felix Rosenqvist passed Pato O’Ward for the lead with two laps remaining and he went on to win the race. Alexander Rossi made a good recovery from his earlier problems this year to finish third while Marcus Ericsson was fourth and Colton Herta was fifth.
• Click HERE for the entry list for this race

Saturday, July 18

2. NASCAR Xfinity My Bariatric Solutions 300, Texas Motor Speedway
• TV TSN3/5 at 3:00P
• Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5 mi asphalt banked oval; 200 laps = 300 mi; Stages: 45/45/110 laps
• No spectators (spectators will be allowed on Sunday for the NASCAR Cup race)
• no practice or qualifying sessions
• Last year there were two Xfinity races at TMS. The Spring race was held on March 30th
and the Fall race on November 2nd. The NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Busch won here in March. Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell were second and third; both have moved up to the NASCAR Cup Series this year. Bell won here in November, Ross Chastain was second, Austin Cindric was third.
• The most recent Xfinity race this year was a doubleheader at Kentucky last weekend. Austin Cindric won both races – Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, Chase Briscoe was second, Justin Haley third, Ross Chastain fourth and Justin Allgaier fifth.
• Click HERE for the entry list for this race.

3. IMSA WeatherTech ‘Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring’, Sebring Intl. Raceway
• TV: Discovery Velocity at 5:30P
• Sebring Intl. Raceway, 3.74 mi (6.02 km) asphalt/concrete airport road course; race length = 160 min
• no spectators
• there will be practice and qualifying sessions
• I don’t know of a comparable sports car race of this short length being held here in any previous years. This year’s 12-hour race is still planned but rescheduled to November 14.
• Click HERE for the entry list for this race.

4. NASCAR NGROTS (trucks), Vankor 350, Texas Motor Speedway
• TV: Fox Sports Racing at 8:00P
• Texas Motor Speedway. 1.5 mi asphalt banked oval
• 167 laps = 250.5 mi; Stages: 40/40/87 laps
• No spectators (spectators will be allowed on Sunday for the NASCAR Cup race)
• no practice or qualifying sessions
• Last year there were two Truck Series races here. The Spring race was run on March 29. It was won by Kyle Busch. Stewart Friesen was second and Johnny Sauter was third. The second race, which was run on June 7 as a support race for the Indy cars, was won by Greg Biffle over Matt Crafton and Tyler Ankrum.
• Click HERE for the entry list for this race.

5. NTT INDYCAR Iowa Race #2, Iowa Speedway
• TV: Sportsnet (regional channels + WL) at 8:30P
• Iowa Speedway, 0.894 mi (7/8 mi) asphalt oval; 250 laps = 223.5 mi
• maximum of 5000 spectators allowed in grandstands
• practice and qualifying sessions on Friday
• Last year there was only one race run at this track on July 20, 2019. It was won by Josef Newgarden by a 2.8 second margin over Scott Dixon. James Hinchcliffe was third, Simon Pagenaud fourth and Spencer Pigot fifth.
• The Indy Car race immediately prior to this one was scheduled to be run the previous day
• The most recent IndyCar race before that this year was the second Road American race run last Sunday, July 12. Felix Rosenqvist passed Pato O’Ward for the lead with two laps remaining and he went on to win the race. Alexander Rossi made a good recovery from his earlier problems this year to finish third while Marcus Ericsson was fourth and Colton Herta was fifth.
• Click HERE for the entry list for this race

Sunday, July 19

6. Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij (Hungarian GP), Hungaroring, Hungary
• TV: TSN1/4/5 at 9:05A
• Hungaroring, 4.381 km (2.722 mi); 70 laps = 306.7 km
• no spectators
• there will be practice and qualifying sessions.
• At this time, this is the only F1 race planned for this venue in 2020 – but F1 is hoping to add a number of additional dates to the current short list of 2020 races.
• Last year Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the race here by an 18-second margin over Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) was third, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) fourth and Carlos Sainz (McLaren) fifth.
• The most recent race this year was the Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring last week. Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas made it a Mercedes one-two ahead of Verstappen, Alex Albon (Red Bull) and Lando Norris (McLaren).
• Click HERE for the entry list for this race.

7. NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, Texas Motor Speedway
• TV: TSN3/5 at 3:00P
• Texas Motor Speedway, 1.5 mi asphalt banked oval; 200 laps = 300 mi; Stages: 45/45/110 laps
• A limited number of spectators will be allowed on Sunday for the NASCAR Cup race
• no practice or qualifying sessions
• Last year there were two NASCAR Cup races run at TMS. The Spring race was held on March 31st. It was won by Denny Hamlin over Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez. Eric Jones was fourth and Jimmie Johnson was fifth. The Fall race here was held on November 3rd. Kevin Harvick won that race with Aric Almirola second, Suarez third, Joey Logano fourth and Alex Bowman fifth.
• The most recent NASCAR Cup points race this year was run last Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Cole Custer was the surprise winner, starting from sixth place on the final overtime restart. Martin Truex was second and Matt DiBenedetto was third.
• Click HERE for the entry list for this race

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